Little Lady Project Bag

My mom’s birthday is right on the heels of Christmas. I asked her if she’d like me to make her something and she asked for a sewing project bag using my Little Lady sewing machine block.  I really had fun picking fabrics that I thought she would enjoy. I particularly love the spool!!

I used a sewing themed fabric from my stash for the body of the bag.  It was the perfect colors and theme.  The inside of the bag is a sewing themed text print.  I love having those perfect fabrics on hand for projects!  Both had been in my stash for a few years.  My favorite little detail on the bag is the lace trim along the top.

If you’d like to try the pattern, it’s available in all of my shops (links in sidebar).

Happy New Year!

Correspondence Tote

Correspondence Tote by Amy Friend

I made this bag as a Quilt Market sample for Tim Holtz’s booth out of his new Correspondence collection.  The blues in the collection just begged to be paired with denim!  I created a simple tote with slightly rounded corners. I really like the shape.  I used the plus block and made it pretty small–3″ finished blocks.  There were A LOT of seams and thick ones at that with the denim!

Correspondence Tote by Amy FriendI made a second version too where I arranged the pluses into a medallion.

Correspondence Tote by Amy Friend

I added a little hand stitching on this one, to accentuate the print that I also used for the handles. I like that touch!

This collection has just started shipping to stores!


Teachers’ Gifts

Flip Flop Stash Happy Tote by Amy Friend

Ever since Sharon Holland’s Coastline fabrics arrived on my doorstep, I knew that I wanted to make beach bags!  I decided that I would do that this week and make them for my daughters’ teachers.  For this bag, I used the Stash Happy Tote pattern found in my book, Intentional Piecing.  I designed the bag to go along with 10 new paper pieced block patterns provided in the book but also, the majority of the patterns that I sell in my pattern shop!  Any of my 10″ blocks will work for this exterior pocket.  I used my Flip Flop here.

Scallop Stash Happy Tote by Amy Friend

I made the second bag using the other colorway of Coastline. I designed a new block for this one, a scallop shell. I thought it would work well with that light, neutral print!

I hope that the teachers like them!



Stash Happy Tote

Stash Happy Tote with Teacher's Pet block by Amy Friend

I wanted to share another project from my book today because I feel that it is timely with the end of the school year approaching.  I think that this bag would make a great teacher’s gift!  It’s called the Stash Happy Tote because I am hoping that you will be able to make it by simply pulling 3 half yard pieces from your stash for the body of the bag. I don’t tend to buy lots of yardage but like to purchase half yard pieces so for me, it works out well!


In the book, I offer 10 different paper pieced block patterns that all work for the front pocket of the tote.  You can customize it any way you like to suit the recipient.

Stash Happy Tote with Teacher's Pet Block by Amy Friend

I just made another tote today using the same block, perfect for a teacher or librarian or any book lover. It would serve well as a library bag even.  I plan to make more bags with some of the other blocks down the line and will be sure to share them when I do.

I have received word from a number of my readers that their Amazon orders of Intentional Piecing are arriving within the next couple of days!  That’s very exciting. I can’t wait for you to receive your copies and share your projects with me.  Please use the hashtag #intentionalpiecingbook on Instagram.  If you make this project, you can also use #stashhappytote and #teacherspetquiltblock.


Inn Street Clutch Gifts

Inn Street Clutch by Amy Friend

I  just made 5 Inn Street Clutches for gifts this Christmas.  I used a number of prints from various Art Gallery collections and love how different each clutch is from the next!  You can find my pattern for this bag in Quilting Arts Holiday. There are even kits available.

Inn Street Clutches
Inn Street Clutch

Inn Street Clutch

Which is your favorite?  I have two more gifts to finish for Christmas. How about you?

Inn Street Clutch in Quilting Arts Holiday 2015


I’m excited to have a fun quick-sew project in the special 2015 Holiday issue of QuiltingArts Magazine that’s perfect for gifting or keeping!

Inn Street Clutch by Amy Friend

My project can be found on page 80 and it’s called the Inn Street Clutch, named after a street in the historic downtown Newburyport, MA.  I was inspired to make this modern clutch with handmade bias tape embellishment by the design of my daughter’s crisscrossing leather straps on her Sunday shoes, and by the recent QuiltCon bias tape challenge.

Inn street clutch by Amy Friend

I had a lot of fun with this pattern and actually made three versions.  They all use Robert Kaufman Essex Linen for the exterior and Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for the bias tape and linings.  Zippers are from Zipit on Etsy. The interfacing is HeatnBond Fusible Interfacing Craft Extra Firm.

Inn Street Clutch by Amy Friend

Forgive me, I took a couple of extra pictures…

Inn street clutch by Amy Friend



Do you think that they would be fun to make?  I would love to see your version!


Just For You Blog Hop


Quite awhile ago now, I was invited to submit a project for Just for You: Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers: 24 Simply Stylish Projects
compiled by Sarah Markos and Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield of SewCanShe. The book is a collection of selfish sewing projects like purses, totes, skirts, tops, scarves, etc. by some of your favorite bloggers. The projects are arranged into 12 chapters for each month of the year so you can sew along with the book throughout the year. I, however, encourage you to skip right to December…or start with this calendar year since December is nearly here. Why? Well, my project is in the December chapter!

Mini Dresden Coin Purse by Amy Friend

I made this Mini Dresden Coin Purse featuring Bijoux by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics, Quilter’s Linen by Robert Kaufman, a zipper from Zipit and interfacing and adhesives from ThermOWeb.  The project was inspired by a free pattern I designed for a Scalloped Dresden Bag. Later on, my friend Kerry and I arranged for a swap and she asked me for a mini version of that bag. While working out the scale, I inadvertently went way too small and turned my first attempt into an adorable change purse. And that is how I arrived at this pattern!  It is the perfect chance to use some of those precious tiny scraps you have hoarded because you just can’t throw them away. You can turn them into dresden blades and make this sweet change purse for yourself.

Stash Books is offering a copy of Just For You to one of my readers. If you are in the U.S. you will receive an actual book. If you are an international winner, you will receive credit to purchase the eBook version at  You can enter to win by liking my During Quiet Time Facebook page or leaving any comment. You can purchase the book on Amazon.

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Make sure you click through the other posts in the blog hop to view other projects from the book!



Foxy by Amy Friend

I wanted to share this Foxy zip bag!  I made it a few months ago for the Zakka issue of Fat Quarterly magazine which you can now purchase here.   The complete pattern with templates is provided in the ezine.   I made an adorable fox with it’s tail wrapped around the other side.  It was inspired by a ring I saw online where a dog wraps around your finger so you see the head and the tail on the front.

Foxy by Amy Friend

The fox is appliqued with little button eyes.  I added some free motion quilting stitching to the left side that reads “foxy” just for fun.

Foxy by Amy Friend

It was the perfect chance to use the cute orange strawberries for the lining with a little lace for the pull.  My zipper is from Zipit!

I hope you have as much fun making one as I did!




Topiary Bag by Amy FriendIt’s a project that just had to be made.  Amanda Murphy has released a new line of fabric for Blend called Topiary. When I was making my garden quilt, I designed a Topiary block. I thought that it would be fun to make that block again using the fabrics from the Topiary collection and then turn the block into a bag in order to incorporate some of the other prints in the collection with larger patterns.

Topiary Block by Amy Friend

The print I used for the background here, called Everbloom, comes in soft yellow, pale blue and green. It’s a great print for paper piecing because it has a nice all over pattern for texture but hides seams well too because it is nondirectional.  It’s a great blender.

You can’t see it in this picture but the lining print is another fun one featuring garden furniture.

The full tutorial for making this bag, using ThermOWeb interfacing, can be found on the ThermOWeb blog next month.  Meanwhile, Topiary is arriving in stores now and can be purchased here. The Topiary block pattern is available in my shop.


Knitting Project Bag Tutorial

Knitting Project Bag by Amy Friend

Not too long ago, I agreed to a “Pay it Forward” deal where you accept a surprise handmade gift from someone  and in turn, you make handmade gifts for 5 people over the course of the year.  They in turn make gifts for 5 more people and so on.  My Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild friend, Laura, was the first to jump at the chance to join in so I decided to make her gift first!  Plus, I knew what I wanted to make so that made it easy.  Laura likes to knit as much as she likes to sew.  I have an adorable alphabet panel, originally from Sew Me A Song (I think they might be sold out?).  I fussy cut it for the center of the bag along with a couple of phrases from a Japanese text print.  I constructed the front of the bag with a “quilt as you go” method.  The full tutorial can be found on the Therm O Web blog today.

Knitting Project Bag detail


This makes me chuckle.  I picture Laura busily knitting and saying “Mother is busy” to her toddler (not really of course…that’s what makes me laugh).  It was fun to make.  I always welcome a chance to fussy cut.


Eclectic Elements Projects for Market

Ruched Happy Bag

I was really delighted to be asked to sew a couple of small projects for quilt market using Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Coats. Since joining the Sizzix Design Team, I have really fallen for Tim’s style. I am always drawn to his dies.  So, I was pretty excited when I learned that he was coming out with a fabric line. Eclectic Elements debuted last quilt market but it’s back again this time! I made this bag using my Ruched Happy Bag pattern. They wanted to be able to hang it in the display so I added a wristlet strap. I love the way I was able to fussy cut “Times Square” to fit just right! Inside I used a red stripe print from the collection for a little pizzazz.

Tim Holtz Pillow

When thinking about how Tim’s fabric would work in traditional patchwork, the Courthouse Steps block came to mind immediately. This pillow cover uses some teeny tiny piecing but I love the effect.

I’ve been able to find some of the Eclectic Elements line at my local JoAnn and the Fat Quarter Shop has it all in stock.  I love the texty prints–big surprise right?



Busy Hands Craft Bag and ADORNit Giveaway!

Busy Hands Craft Bag 1

As you know, I am a mother to three children.  I know that when my kids are busy, they aren’t arguing!  One of the best ways to keep them busy when we are out and about is with a simple craft project.  I designed this bag that I called the Busy Hands Craft Bag to hold crayons or markers in the outer pockets on both sides of the bag.  Therefore, the bag could be set at the table at a restaurant and the kids could reach for the markers from two directions. The bag is tall enough and wide enough to hold mini notepads, sticker sheets or flashcards.  But the bag isn’t so big that you couldn’t still stash it in your diaper bag or handbag.

Busy Hands Craft Bag 2

My pattern has been published in the ADORNit Nested Owl Coral Pattern Book.  It’s a book full of sweet patterns inspired by the Coral Owl fabric line. Check your local quilt shop for the pattern book and fabric.

coral giveaway

Thanks to ADORNit, I have a giveaway for you today! Leave a comment below telling me whether or not you are sewing Halloween costumes this year (and if so, what!). You may leave a second comment if you follow my blog and a third if you follow my During Quiet Time Facebook page. You could win a fat quarter stack of Coral Owl fabric and a copy of the Coral Owl Pattern Book (about an $80.00 retail value). I will draw a winner on Friday, October 4th.

Good luck!


Patchwork Please! Zakka Along 2: Vintage Pencil Case

vintage pencil case 4

I’m so delighted to be a part of Zakka Along 2 celebrating Ayumi‘s book, Patchwork Please!

Lindsey and Deb have organized the sew-along so well and of course, Ayumi’s book is just fun, adorable, inspirational and everything you would expect from her.
vintage pencil case 1

The Vintage Pencil Case is one of my favorite projects in the book. I started planning my project by grabbing natural linen and a stack of Ayumi-like Japanese prints for the pencils. Then I changed my mind and decided to mix it up a little and use a gorgeous stack of Robert Kaufman Kona pink solids and follow the ombre trend. I chose 5 colors in various shades of pink and ordered them from light to dark. I used Aurifil floss for the hand-stitching on the Essex Yarn Dyed black linen.

vintage pencil case 2

Initially I thought I would arrange the pencils from light to dark but preferred dark to light so I just switched the direction of the panel. I went with a dark pink zipper from Zipit to coordinate with that top pencil. I love the lining fabric, Alphabet Song Color 100 from First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita from Sew Me A Song. I thought it worked well with the whole pencils, alphabet, back to school feel.

vintage pencil case 3

This was such a fun project to make. I hope you enjoy putting your own spin on it as well.

If you make a Vintage Pencil Case this week, make sure you link up on Deb’s blog, A Quilter’s Table.

Sponsors for this week are:


Prizes include 1 yd of Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece (US only)


and a Japanese Fabric Bundle from Sew Me A Song.

patchwork please giveaway

I have some giveaways to offer here as well! If you leave a comment below telling me what you like best about the month of September, you will be entered to win:
-Batting and a charm pack of samples from Pellon
-5 pack of thread from Aurifil
-A fabric bundle from Form and Fabric

I will draw winners’ names one week from today.

Patriotic Bunting Zippered Bag Tutorial

I was a little stumped when Therm O Web asked me for a Patriotic craft. I had never made anything with a Patriotic theme before. After a little thinking, I decided to make a zip bag with red and white stripes and I chose to pleat them so that they have a texture that reminds me a bit of bunting.  The diecut flower sort of stands in for the stars on the flag.
It was a fun project and you can find the complete tutorial on the Therm O Web blog today.

Point and Shoot Camera Case Tutorial

I had the pleasure of working with 2wenty Thr3e by Eric and Julie Comstock of Cosmo Cricket.  With all the cute camera prints, it was a no brainer. I had to design a camera case.  This camera case was made to hold my point and shoot camera, is fully lined, closes with a magnetic snap, and has an optional wristlet strap.

The complete pattern can be downloaded as a pdf on the Thermoweb blog.

Easter Bunny Bag

My little girl asked me for a purse.  A few years ago, I made her older sister a bunny bag for Easter.  I reworked the idea a bit and designed this bag for Penny.  I am sharing instructions for making this bag today on the Thermoweb blog.  Do you know a little girl who would like one?  It’s easy to sew and so cute!

Click here for complete directions.

Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge

Have you heard about the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge?  If not, you can read all about it here.  I am very fond of this Sizzix die, in fact, it was included in my first order of Sizzix dies ever.  For the challenge, I wanted to use the die differently than I have in the past.  I have made countless 3D tattered floral flowers from fabric and felt for my daughter’s headbands.

This time, I decided to go flat.  I cut my flowers from National Non Wovens felts and backed them with Heatnbond fusible.  I spent a few evenings on the couch embellishing the flowers with simple stitches using coordinating embroidery floss.
I used linen for the backing fabric because I liked the natural feel along with the wool felt.
I decided to turn my finished piece into a zippered bag.  I used a peppy orange zipper from Zipit to pick up on the orange french knots in the mustard flowers.
I finally cut into my Melody Miller Ruby Star Spring for the backing because the colors were too perfect with the felt.

The end result was a pretty big zippered bag. I think that’s when you call it a project bag right?  That works!

Divided Basket in Color Me Retro

I just finished up a Divided Basket using Color Me Retro.  The Divided Basket Pattern is by Anna of Noodlehead and is available for purchase here.  Anna writes wonderful patterns and this one is no exception.  The directions are thorough and easy to follow.  Putting in the divider will make you feel quite clever, even though Anna is the one who figured it all out. 

Color Me Retro is the debut fabric line by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics.  It’s fun and fresh and I think that this basket is a great way to showcase the larger scale Florette print. 


I inadvertently discovered that the divided basket holds two stacks of fat quarters perfectly. Now I want to keep the basket for that purpose!  But, this basket will be heading to a friend who is about to have a baby.  I plan to fill one side with diapers and the others with burp cloths, etc.  I  hope she likes it!
If you are looking for Color Me Retro, Fresh Squeezed Fabrics should have some in next week! Fat quarter bundles are available now at the Fat Quarter Shop.
You can still enter my giveaway for Asbury charm packs in the entry below!

Weekend Sewing

This weekend I made two bags for Basic Grey using their new fabric line, PB&J.  PB&J will be available in stores next month.  I know that it will be available at both the Fat Quarter Shop and Christa Quilts.

I used the Bucket Bag Pattern by Michele Patterns. It’s available here. It’s a great pattern, very clear and well written. The resulting bag is quite roomy. I think it would work for a mother carrying wipes and a couple of diapers even.  Do you like my frame of reference here?  This is how my mind still thinks.
I also made another pillow using up the last of my HST WIPs.  These HST units were meant for the same quilt as all the burgundy and cream prints that I showed last week. I separated them out and arranged and rearranged until I settled on this design.  
As usual, I went with another invisible zipper.  The pillow backing and the central design on the pillow are made from Lime Essex.  The rest of the fabrics includes bits of Medium Aqua Linen, shot cotton, Lilly Belle by Bari J. for Art Gallery Fabrics, and a bit of Anna Maria Horner scraps.

I think this one will be a gift for some friends with these colors in their breakfast nook.  I am now free of all WIPs except for my Cocorico and Stash Trad Bee Quilts. I plan to get those finished up soon.

Half-Hexagon Bag Tutorial

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you might have noticed that I haven’t done a hexagon project yet, even though they have been all the rage for quite some time. I have to stay that English Paper Piecing doesn’t really appeal to me all that much (yet) and neither do Y seams frankly.  So I was excited to have a chance to try out the Sizzix Half Hexagon Die because I could make hexagons without the EPP and Y seams!  
I tried a small scale project, which still involved 40 die cut pieces, to try it out before going bigger. Besides, making a bag gave me a chance to embellish with a felt flower.
Here’s the zipper shot.
If you’d like the free tutorial for making the pouch, I walk you though it step by step, including zipper installation on the Sizzix blog today.  

Tilly Needlework Project Bag and Armrest Pincushion (and a Giveaway!)

Together with Blend Fabrics (a licensing division of Anna Griffin Inc.), I’m hoping to inspire you to sew with Tilly by Charlotte Lyons.  This fabric collection has such vintage charm and is sure to suit anyone who loves needlework.  I decided to make a gift for a friend who loves cross stitch.  
First, I made one of my armrest pincushions.  The free tutorial for this project can be downloaded from the button on my sidebar.  I fussy cut the vintage needlecard designs for the side pockets as well as the pincushion.
A person with more patience, and not the middle of the holiday season with three young kids, might cross stitch on the fabric designs for great added dimension and detail.
I also made a needlework project bag featuring the vintage needlework cards again on the front zippered pocket (intended to hold embroidery floss), and my favorite print of the entire line for the side panels. 
Here’s the gift all together!  I hope she loves it.
If you’d like to sew with Tilly, Anna Griffin, Inc. is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Tilly right now! Visit their blog and leave a comment to participate. Open to all U.S. citizens who comment by 9:00 p.m. EST, Dec. 12.

Art Tote To Go Tutorial

Are you in need of a gift for a little artist?  I love the idea of crayon/marker rolls and aprons but wanted to try something a little different and maybe more functional. I came up with the idea of an art tote with slots on the front and back of a bag to hold up to 14 markers total.  The inside of the bag is large enough to hold a sketch pad, coloring book, some stickers, etc.

I made my bag using BasicGrey’s newest fabric line, PB&J.  The free tutorial for this tote is on the BasicGrey blog today. Just click here.

Crabby (and a giveaway!)

If you remember about a month ago, I shared a picture of a cute fat quarter bundle of Laurie Wisbrun‘s “Don’t Be Crabby” and promised a project and giveaway in November.  Well, November is here!  

I really feel in love with the little crabs, especially the one with the aqua herringbone pattern, and decided to make a paper pieced block featuring Crabby!  (I did this with Laurie’s permission of course.)  I pieced Crabby with orange Kona and used two black buttons for his eyes.  The background fabric is the newsprint from the Crabtastic line by Blend Fabrics–the perfect coordinate for this line I think!

I used the paper pieced block as the front pocket of a tote bag with the crab print right there next to it on the top and bottom.  I used the great square blender print for the side panels on both the front and back of the bag.

The center panel of the bag is the sailboat print.

If you click on this picture, you may be able to see my quilting.  The sailboats are spaced far enough apart so that you can quilt little waves below them!  Perfect!  I quilted the sides of the bag too, mimicking the pattern of organic, slightly wavy lines found within the squares of the side panel print.

The pattern for Crabby can be found in my Etsy shop and my Craftsy shop where it is available for instant download. I think he would work pretty well with my Flip Flop pattern in a beach themed quilt!  

There’s more! I have a fat quarter bundle of Laurie’s “Don’t be Crabby” to share with one lucky winner and a free Crabby pattern to share with another!   To enter, please leave one comment telling me what you might make with the fabric/Crabby pattern if you win. For a second chance, leave a comment on Laurie’s blog and let me know that you did. I will draw two winners on Tuesday Nov. 6th. Good luck!

Oh wait, there is even more!  Laurie is also offering a fat quarter bundle of “Don’t be Crabby” on her blog as well as a copy of the Crabby paper pieced pattern!  Her giveaway will run through Nov. 7th.

Edited to add, thank you all for entering!  What a wonderful response!  

The winner of the Don’t be Crabby FQ bundle is most appropriately blue.crab.  How perfect is that?
The winner of the Crabby pattern is KristyQP.
Thank you for entering and good luck tomorrow with the drawing on Laurie’s blog!

Indie Bag-Free Pattern!

I made myself a new fall bag with Pat Bravo’s beautiful Indie prints.  I love the saturated colors in this line.  They are so rich and just seem perfect for this time of year.  This bag has a natural linen band with hand stitches, a shaped top, magnetic snap closure, pleated body and two straps to be worn over your shoulder.

I thought I would share the free pattern for this bag with you! You can download the pdf file right here.  If you make one, I’d love it if you would share a picture in my During Quiet Time Flickr group.

Envelope Wristlet Tutorial

I know that large envelope clutches are the craze but I am a petite person and feel conspicuous carrying a large bag.  So I designed this Envelope Wristlet using Little Black Dress by Basic Grey.  

The flap is paper pieced and embellished with a button.

The inside is fully lined with a snap closure and an inside pocket.  If you’d like to try the tutorial, please visit the Basic Grey blog today for a pdf download.  Have fun!

Garden Tote

Over the weekend, I finished up this Garden Tote bag as a donation to my childrens’ school’s PTO (parent teacher organization).  It will be part of a garden themed basket that will be up for auction as a fundraiser.
I used my Watering Can paper pieced pattern (a 10″ finished block). Shortly after I designed this pattern, I bought some of BasicGrey’s Curio and knew I wanted to use it for a watering can so this was my chance. I also wanted to use the DS Quilts floral for the bag so I used a coordinating solid, Kona Artichoke from Marmalade Fabrics, for the background of the block. The handles are a DS Quilts dot. The inside is also lined in the Kona. I think that that bag is fun and I hope someone bids a lot for it!

I am definitely a fan of Denyse Schmidt prints (like the ones used in this project) and was recently contacted by Jill who is running a DS charm swap asking if I could spread the word. If you are interested in joining, check it out here.

In other news, have you heard about the “Why Quilts Matter” project? They are looking for funding to pursue their project. You can read more about it and donate here.